Hikes in Western Norway
There are a multitude of other hikes to experience in Vestlandet (Western Norway) the part of Norway in which Bergen is located.
About the hikes
The following are just a few of the many hiking adventures that you can experience in Western Norway. Some of the hikes described in this section may be very challenging and/or very long. Be sure to be aware of the difficulty of any hike you are considering in advance, prepare ahead of time, and go with experienced hikers or guides if necessary.
Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock)
An extremely popular 6 km hike in the vicinity of Stavanger. The hike ends at a ~25 x 25 metre glacially-formed shelf looking out over Lysefjorden. Read more about getting to Preikestolen here.
- Combination tickets are available for the bus and ferry needed to get from Stavanger to Tau and from Tau to Pulpit rock (travel time is a little more than one hour each way).
- You can reach Stavanger by bus from Bergen Bus Station (between 5 and 5.5 hours) or by plane (~40 minutes flying time).
Considered among the most scenic cliffs in Norway, Trolltunga juts out 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The hike to Trolltunga is an arduous 23 km round-trip adventure and can take 10-12 hours. If you hike Trolltunga make sure you have the proper gear and fitness level, and be sure to attempt it in an appropriate season (15 June - 15 September is the most favorable time of year). Read more about Trolltunga here.
- A shuttle from Odda runs 15 June - 15 September to Skjeggedal, the hike's starting point (up to 45 minutes each way).
- Bus 930 runs from Bergen to Odda (about 3 hours travel time). Or check the Skyss Travel Planner for other options.
Hardangervidda is a plateau stretching between west and east Norway and encompasing Hardangervidda National Park as well as other protected land. The area is enormous with nearly 10,000 square metres of wilderness. Hardangervidda offers a wide variety of hikes, including long range hikes of several days to at least a week. Read more about long range hikes on Hardangervidda here. Read more about shorter Hardangervidda hiking options here. Here, you can read more about getting to Hardangervidda and possibilities for accomodations.
Options for getting to Hardangervidda include train, bus, or car.
- One possibility is traveling to Finse from Bergen by train (about 2.5 hours).
- Another possiblity for accessing Hardangervidda is traveling to Haukelister by bus (about 4.5 hours, one change).
Aurland and Aurlandsdalen
Aurland is located along Aurlandsfjorden and Nærøyrfjorden, two branches of Sognefjorden, earth's longest and deepest fjord. Its largest river valley is Aurlandsalen. Known as Norway's grand canyon, Aurlandsdalen offers opportunities for long range through hiking or shorter day hikes. Take a look at this site for hiking ideas through the Aurland canyon, ranging 10-20 km depending on the hike. Or, try a hike that offers a spectacular view over Aurland and Aurlandsfjorden, minimum 4.5 km.
You can travel from Bergen to Aurland by bus, car, or ferry.
- The expressboat goes to Aurland pier or Flåm from Bergen (5 - 5.5 hours one-way).
- The train goes from Bergen to Flåm via Myrdal (~3.5 hours give or take).
- The bus goes from Bergen Bus Station to Aurland Station or Flåm Station (~3 hours or so).
Please be familiar with safe hiking practices while in Norway. If you are new to hiking, make sure to go with experienced hikers or join an a group that offers experienced tour leaders, such as BSI. For more information about hikes in the Bergen area, you may also wish to explore the Hiking around Bergen, Norway Facebook page.